“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator…Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:9-10, 12
The fascination with super heroes doesn’t die, much like the super heroes themselves. I’ve talked to a number of adults that want to see the new movie, “The Avengers”, which comes out in early May. People of all ages love the idea of individuals with integrity, who have undergone some sort of transformation, who have pledged to fight evil, with amazing abilities, powerful costumes, and cool names. If such individuals existed, then bringing them together to form a more powerful force is a great idea.
Maybe this is a popular concept, because God planted it in our hearts. In Colossians 3:9-10, and then in verse 12, we are told that God has instructed His people to experience these very things. God has made it possible for us to have all the key qualities of a super hero, and He wants us to join together as His invincible force here on earth.
God has always been against lying. His command against lying made it on the top ten list (Exodus 20:16). God wants everyone to love Him with everything they’ve got, and others as themselves. We can’t do that while living a lie. Jesus’ new command to His followers was to love each other as He loved them, which again puts a high premium on the truth.
Not lying is consistent with the transformation we have undergone. Our old self should be off and out of the way once we become a Christian. Our conduct should match our new identity in Christ. “Christian” literally means “Christ – like.” That’s quite a title to claim. It’s more impressive than “Iron Man,” “Captain America,” “The Hulk,” and “Black Widow,” for sure.
According to Colossians 3:12, we are especially chosen by God to be set apart from the norm and enjoy His love. This means that we are a part of what God wants to do. We are now involved in His real battle against evil.
In order to overcome the evil we encounter, we must be equipped with the qualities of the Christ we are supposed to be like. Jesus often responded to people with compassion, He had a tender sympathy of heartfelt concern. Jesus was kind, acting charitably for the good of others. We are also to be humble and gentle like Jesus, with a lowly attitude concerning ourselves compared to God, and then also to others. We are to wear patience, demonstrating self-restraint and have a steady response in the face of provocation.
As we function in this new identity “Christian,” God wants us to come together and be Christ’s Church. It’s only through this alliance that we can have maximum impact. What are you doing to unleash the super hero in you? Are you joining the others to overcome evil? Get involved this Easter by volunteering and serving, and enjoy what God has always intended.
Posted on Tue, March 20, 2012
by David Gaunt